“The Last Dog” “The Last Dog” Take two minutes to brainstorm a list of reasons pets make good companions. “The Last Dog” Create the following concept map in your composition book: Clothing/Culture Technology “The Last Dog” Setting Environment Outside the Dome Life Inside the Dome As we read, fill in the following chart with details about the story's setting. “The Last Dog” How would you describe the setting of the painting on page 49? “The Last Dog” Reread lines 1-16. What does the unusual technology present in the dome suggest about the time in which the story takes place? “The Last Dog” Compare and contrast the setting outside the dome with the natural setting where you live. How familiar does the setting outside the dome seem to you? “The Last Dog” Reread lines 126-137. Notice how Brock reacts to nature. In what ways has the setting of the dome influenced Brock's reactions? “The Last Dog” What do the details in the painting on page 53 tell you about the setting? “The Last Dog” Reread lines 209-220. How is finding a puppy changing what Brock has always believed about the outside? “The Last Dog” How does the setting inside the dome help Brock to make his decision about convincing the scientists Brog has rabies? “The Last Dog” How are Brock's questions about the world outside the dome beginning to be answered? “The Last Dog” Using the information from your concept map, answer the following question: Analyze how the setting of “The Last Dog” affected the story's plot. “The Last Dog” After Reading Questions 1. In the first half of the story, how does Brock know what emotions he is feeling? 2. Why does Brock fool the scientists into thinking he has rabies? 3. How does meeting Brog change Brock's life? 4. Infer the setting of the story. Give details from the text that help you infer the time and place. 5. Big question: Why do pets make good companions? How would Brock answer this question?